Scientists creat artificial microflowers

Artificial micro flowerA team of researchers at RMIT University said that they have made a breakthrough by developing artificial microflowers that self-assemble in water.

The reason why this is a breakthrough is because flower shaped structures have potential in fields including optoelectronics, thermosensors, nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedicine and organic electronics.

Chief scientists Sheshanath Boshanale said that this is the first time flower shaped microforms ahve been developed in a water solution and it opens a new pathway for more research.

The artificial blooms are 10 microns wide and are created by mixing two organic components and then evaporating the liquid. The artificial microflowers take about three hours to be created, and mimic the way ordinary flowers bloom.

The picture here shows a digitally coloured microflower magnified 20,000 times.